Varanasi Ramabrahmam

Rookie - 257 Points (27-11-1953 / Vegeswarapuram, India)

The Costly Scientific Research (Opinion) ! - Poem by Varanasi Ramabrahmam

I myself am a science teacher, but the indiscreet way billions of dollars of money being spent for the 'sense of achievement' of some intellectuals and contribution anything significant to knowledge is not advisable.

The social responsibility comes here because the public money is used for this. And nowadays science and supporting science (even by people who do not know anything about scientific knowledge and ways of doing science and research) has become a fashion.

All these days scientists and intellectuals were doing research with pen and paper mostly. But now a days no scientific research can be done without costly sophisticated machines.
Many times I wonder why we must know the big bang things, Higgs boson, or space research like probing universe and it contents at all since they involve trillions of dollars of money and do not throw any further useful light on phenomenon.
Also trying to know about initial stages of evolution is not necessary now and can wait to be probed and there is a big gap (trillions of years) between big bang (which appears to me a mythological story than a scientific theory) and pre-biotic evolution. No definite answers can be given for these.

The knowledge we are gaining by these exorbitantly costly experiments is not in proportion to huge amounts of money being expended. So only all this attention. Else who cares who is doing what or its usefulness?
We must also be remembering that there was star wars program - to wage wars in and for the control of outer space. There are many multi-billioners who want cities to be built in outer space and they want to live in them. You can understand the insensitivity of these 'rich' persons.

And from where this money is coming? From the natural resources available in under-developed and developing countries. This inhuman nature is despicable.
Time has come to audit the necessity of the monies given to scientists and what is the use of the research they are doing. Else lots of money will be wasted like these missions.

As a researcher in science I can assure that 95% of this research is not useful to contribute to the advancement in knowledge. Only technological research is useful. Rest of the research even if stopped, we lose nothing.
A debate has to be started on this topic: the relevance and use of scientific research in the advancement of knowledge and the money spent.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 25, 2012

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